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McKinley Explorer

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Fairbanks, AK
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Comfortable beautiful scenery ride

Rode from Denali to Anchorage. Dome car where you sit on top with glass roof to see everything. Ate... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
HabuSR71
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Great way to see Alaska

We traveled on the McKinley Explorer from Denali National Park to Anchorage. Having virtually no... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
manateejlh
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Alabaster, Alabama
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“dining car” (35 reviews)
“dome car” (12 reviews)
“holland america” (16 reviews)
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Fairbanks, AK
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"dining car"
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"glass dome"
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"reindeer chili"
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"train ride"
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"alaska railroad"
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"double decker"
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"salmon chowder"
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"rail cars"
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"clean windows"
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"turkey club"
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"hurricane gulch"
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"passing scenery"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rode from Denali to Anchorage. Dome car where you sit on top with glass roof to see everything. Ate lunch downstairs. We ordered turkey sandwich but one thing our food server girl could not tell difference between ham and turkey, she brought ham and said...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We traveled on the McKinley Explorer from Denali National Park to Anchorage. Having virtually no experience riding trains, this was such a treat. Since it was May, there was still quite a bit of snow in certain areas along the route. And of course, all...More

Thank manateejlh
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Comfy seats, clean windows, good commentary along the way, nice meals (worth the trip downstairs to try it out), great staff.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

What a memorable experience riding the McKinley Explorer from Denali to Anchorage. Scenic views and wildlife abound for the length of the trip.

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Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

I have taken a grandchildon the train for their birthday three times now. The Fairbanks to Denali portion And the Anchorage to Girdwood legs are the most scenic. It is a trek that everyone should do once. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The...More

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Reviewed January 11, 2018

We took this train ride from Denali to Anchorage. It was awesome. The scenery was beautiful but it pretty much was the same after we got out of the Denali area. Still, it was beautiful. The domed windows were large and one had no problem...More

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Reviewed October 15, 2017

This was an amazing all day adventure from Anchorage to Denali National Park! So much fun to sit back and enjoy the views and leave the "driving" to someone else! So relaxing and enjoyable. Excellent dining facilities and excellent choices of adult beverages! Great way...More

Thank Terry H
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Reviewed September 28, 2017

This was a part of our Holland America vacation with three days in Denali followed by a 7 day cruise on Noordam from Seward. We arrived in Anchorage early evening & had a night in a local hotel before being whisked to the rail depot...More

4  Thank royksuk
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Reviewed September 21, 2017

All day trip between Denali and Anchorage. Train speed could be increase some at the rate was too slow to make time and too fast to take good pictures. Seats were comfortable. Large windows on the dome cars. Restroom were kept clean all trip long....More

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Reviewed September 8, 2017

The train trip takes all day from Denali to Anchorage, leaving about 9 a.m. and arriving in Anchorage around 5 p.m. We were very fortunate to travel on a fair weather day which enabled us to see Mount Denali in its true majestic glory. Apart...More

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anderlors
August 19, 2017|
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Response from Bob S | Reviewed this property |
Yes - single or they have packages - go to there web site for information!
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dom1947
July 31, 2017|
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Yes - easiest to call railroad direct - very helpful people !
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Marianne H
July 31, 2017|
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Response from Tim L | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you give them a call as one is open for public travel three times a week as I understand, and the other is owned by Holland America Cruiselines and I do not know their booking procedures. I believe information can... More
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